New York Times Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
144 Reviews
3.3
144 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • And though it varies depending on the job, most people have a favorable work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Smart people do actually come to work there to pay their dues and move on (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, weekends and night are required (in 5 reviews)

  • Newspaper industry is struggling (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started promising, but opportunities are limited.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It's the Times. Your calls will always get answered. The world takes the brand very seriously.

    Cons

    Try to branch out and you get iced out. Management sees you as what you were hired as, and good luck trying to move up. There is little hope for internal promotion, and no formal path forward. Ask for more money and you will be treated like a criminal. They like to give you higher-level work and not pay you for it or formally promote you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the talent in your building. Your loyal employees are miserable. They want to learn new skills and advance but there's a cultural barrier that prevents it. Stop worrying about hiring 23-year-old white men right out of Harvard. You are hemorrhaging talent and it's at your own peril. Also, you need to be digital first, and the culture needs to reflect that. There's a caste system here that's stuck firmly in the past. There is a war for eyeballs and we are losing it. Digitize or die. That's more than a business plan - that's a mindset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortable place, not a lot of room for growth.

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    Current Employee - Paralegal  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They will pay for further schooling pertaining to your current position.

    Cons

    Salary is low and no bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If (print) media is your passion, the Times is the place to be.

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    Current Employee - Mailer  in  Flushing, NY
    Current Employee - Mailer in Flushing, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Depending on the the department be prepared for a high pressure environment due to deadlines. There are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is struggling, but the Times is one of the few papers that are profitable. Much will depend on Its (already behind the curve) transition into the digital age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Baby boomers are the last bastion of print media, the base readership is rapidly dwindling. The Times should be leading the industry into the twenty-first century not bumbling its way through.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Once a Timesman, Always a Timesman

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    Former Employee - Administration  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administration in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    One-of-a-kind place to work, with some very smart and dedicated people doing what they believe in: reporting news fairly and accurately to hold everyone accountable. The standards are high and there is a culture of journalistic honesty, where reporters and editors volunteer corrections, where facts are triple-checked. If you're a fan of the paper, it's very satisfying to work there.

    Cons

    There wasn't a lot of upward or sideways mobility. And, the Times leads a shrinking industry with questionable future: journalism costs money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A rewarding and fulfilling career at The New York Times.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The quality of the journalism and the mission to report the news without fear or favor.
    The ability and desire to invest in the business (digital products, video, international, conferences, branded products, etc.).
    A great brand.
    A solid balance sheet with cash in excess of debt.

    Cons

    Challenging industry, characterized by declining print advertising and print circulation revenues.
    Expect to be responsible for your own career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find ways to re-balance, invest in and grow the business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Impressive company, but not exciting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    It's the NYT. It looks great on a resume, and the compensation and benefits were fantastic (at least for me at that point in my life). I learned a fair amount while I was there, and it's great to be a part of a historic company and work with smart people. I really liked my co-workers.

    Cons

    There wasn't a lot of opportunity for upward mobility. The leadership is aloof and rigid, in many ways. It felt like creativity was reserved for the superstars, and the rest of us had to go by the book. That's boring and not a good talent-retention strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Environment for Product Managers

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    Former Employee - Product  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    Some of the worlds best journalism and a well respected brand. The newsroom truly upholds it values to producing all the news that's fit to print.

    New building with a large cafeteria and a wide variety of food.

    Cons

    The Times is struggling financially and lacks the budgets and people that you would expect from a big brand. If you're coming from a large company you will be seriously disappointed.

    The product management group lacks strong leadership, respect by other groups and adequate resources. The senior product leadership are mostly ex-attorneys that couldn't hack the legal profession and have little experience in product development and management. This leads to endless meetings and data analysis to make mundane decisions. The product management culture is extremely risk averse, bureaucratic, slow and political which stalls projects and creates a passive aggressive rift between senior management and product managers. Sadly, it's all about appearances, managing up and how many people you have working for you.

    In my last year over 50% of the the product group left the company. Most product managers I worked with grew tired of the nepotism, lack of career development opportunities, disengaged senior management and the constant and often heated battles with the technology group.

    Beware! The technology group runs the show at the Times and often enforces their will on the product managers without any concern for the business consequences. It's not uncommon for technology to undermine product to take control of a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The majority of employees love the Times and were hoping that the new CEO would wipe out the lazy senior management. Look at how much the ED management level and above contribute to the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Incredible Company, awesome product and brilliant people to work with.

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    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great leadership. Vision for the future. Steady family stewardship. Great brand with a long future ahead.

    Cons

    Turbulent times for the news business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need greater talent on the IT side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great Brand, Horrible Business

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    Current Employee - Advertising  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The brand is really good and if you think about leaving it will look very well on your resume. the journalists are amazing and such an inspiration to hear. overall everyone is nice and friendly.

    Cons

    You can't advance here and the pay is horrible, remember this is publishing. Learn what you need, gain the connections you need, then leave. You can't have a true career. You can have a job, however. The VP of ADV Mereidth has brought in so many ken and barbie dolls from competitors that i can't even take this place seriously. She lays off everyone and brings in her old team from Forbes. So many politics at this place, extreme lack of communication. No one (even leadership) knows whats going on, ever. Poor poor leadership. Everyone seems to be interviewing elsewhere. Come if you need a resume booster because we can't deny, the name is strong and will open many doors. Just know youll have to put in your time and create your exit strategy Day 1. Dont be surprised if you come in and are fired few months down the line. It happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication. Advancement. Salaries = Happy

    Also train the directors/managers on how to be managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    the name. great name to align yourself with.

    Cons

    no job security and pay is not great. morale is low. people cry in the bathrooms. its a very sad place to be in the year 2014. what used to be a diverse corporation has now turned into a cookie cutter environment. Where's the diversity now? You won't find it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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